With today’s rapid advances in technology, people all over the world are more connected than ever. These technologies impact everyone, yet one group of people is always up to date with the most cutting-edge technology available: youth. While the country context may differ, young people know what the newest technology is and how to use it.
Studies have shown that targeted technologies can change knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about SRH issues among youth.1 Since youth are a hard-to-reach population, the use of technology in youth health programming is especially important. Social or cultural norms about pre-marital sex can make it hard for youth to access services, and a lack of sexual health education leaves adolescents in the dark about many important issues. Technology allows them anonymity and the freedom to ask embarrassing questions. It can also connect youth to their peers with similar concerns and build stronger social support around SRH issues and desired behaviors. PSI is taking a youth-inspired approach to technology in health programming.